Dwight “Bud” Newcomb Witman Jr. age 100, a lifelong resident of Trafford, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2020, while residing at Redstone Highlands, N. Huntingdon, two days after his 100th birthday. Bud was born on February 25, 1920 the son of the late Dwight Newcomb Sr. and Margaret (Dull) Witman. Bud was a Tech Sergeant with the US Army serving four years during WWII with the 98th Chemical Service Company. Bud served for 22 months in the South Pacific. Bud was active with the Presbyterian Church his whole life. He was a member of the Trafford, Level Green and Irwin Churches at various times during his life. He was an Ordained Elder, served as Clerk of Session, Sunday School Superintendent and sang in the choir often doing solo work. He also served on committees at the Presbytery of Redstone. He worked as a wood pattern maker for Westinghouse in Trafford, as a model maker for Rockwell Manufacturing and as an inspector for Scientific Tool, from where he retired at the age of 85. He was a member and served as the President of the former Trafford Lions Club. Bud was a man everybody loved. He was a quiet, distinguished gentleman who was smart and had an amazing sense of humor. His love for his wife came with stories about their courtship which began at his fourth birthday party and culminated in a 75 year marriage and a strong, solid Christian family four generations deep. He most loved the times when the family was all together where there was love and plenty of laughter, often generated by him. He was a skilled craftsman. He made all manner of items from Grandfather clocks to hand carved carousels with wooden horses, never wanting to make the same thing twice, because there was no fun in it once the challenge was gone. He liked to travel, especially if there was a family member at the end of the trip waiting to make memories and have a good time. For him, life was all about family and his family adored him in return. He will be missed, but he left behind incredibly happy memories and an example of what it means to be a good Christian man. Bud was preceded in death by his wife of 75 years Naomi (Teitt) Witman in 2017. Bud is survived by his daughters Phyllis Neral (William) and Janet Mitchell (Robert); his granddaughters Melissa Cargill (Scott), Joanna Mizener (David), Georgia Del Freo (John), Amanda Trenn (Richard) and Susanna McGuire (Eric); his eight great-grandchildren Alan and Nathan Mizener, Matthew, Timothy, Anna, and Jonathan Cargill and Rebecca and Emily McGuire. Family and friends will be received on Sunday from 2-6 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc., 702 7th St. (State Rt. 130) Trafford 412-372-3111. Funeral services will be at 10AM on Monday in the First Presbyterian Church of Irwin, 617 Main St. Irwin with Rev. Ronald Durika officiating. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Bud’s memory can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Irwin, 617 Main St. Irwin PA 15642 or Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund, 126 Matthews St., Suite 2800, Greensburg PA 15601. www.dobrinickfhinc.com
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